Does President Trump have power to change Amendment 14?

Hugh Fox
November 1, 2018

"Guess what? You don't", Mr. Trump said.

The president will do this by signing an executive order, he said in a TV interview. "But where we obviously totally agree with the president is getting at the root issue here, which is unchecked illegal immigration".

Vice President Mike Pence also spoke on the subject Tuesday, appearing to foreshadow a court fight involving the 14th Amendment.

FILE - In this October 27, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump pauses while speaking at a rally at Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro, Ill. When he decided the Obama administration's executive order about a path to citizenship for children brought into our country illegally was illegal, Trump asked Congress with acting.

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The 14th Amendment in the US Constitution provides for "all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof" to be considered as US citizens.

Graham, a Trump rival for the GOP nomination in the 2016 election who emerged as one of the president's strongest boosters during Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation, didn't comment on Trump's claim to be able to eliminate the right with executive authority. Birthright citizenship allows any baby born on US soil to automatically be a USA citizen.

"It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment".

Kolken added that it would be "virtually impossible" to amend the Constitution in today's political climate.

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Colbert, who openly supports Democrats and once cooed "I miss you" after playing a clip of former President Barack Obama, said "please don't say that".

"By directly mentioning the role of the states, the 14th Amendment greatly expanded the protection of civil rights to all Americans and is cited in more litigation than any other Amendment", according to the Library of Congress.

Fear and loathing at the White House.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that she's more confident about the midterms for Democrats than ever before, vowing on CBS's "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" that "we will win". An executive order, he suggested, might clear things up.

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Many believe President Trump, who, unlike his predecessor is not a constitutional scholar, or even an attorney, is absolutely wrong and can not essentially line-item veto the Constitution.

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